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Oregon Legislature Introduces New Foreclosure Moratorium Bill (HB 2009)
On February 9, 2021, the Oregon House introduced a second foreclosure moratorium bill related to COVID-19. Known as House Bill 2009 (HB 2009), the new legislation would extend Oregon’s now-expired foreclosure moratorium during an extended “emergency...
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SEC Adopts New Amendments to Exempt Offering Rules
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted a series of amendments to rules under the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) applicable to offerings exempt from public registration. The amendments will become effective 60 days after the...
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PPP Update: Temporary Changes to Increase Lending to Small Businesses and Sole Proprietors
This week, the Biden-Harris administration announced a number of reforms to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aimed at increasing lending to small businesses and sole proprietors, as detailed further in this fact sheet released by the White House...
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Oregon Governor Issues Executive Order Related to Foreclosure Moratorium
On December 17, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order related to Oregon’s foreclosure moratorium (HB 4204). Under Executive Order 20-67 (EO 20-67), Governor Brown determined that a state of emergency continues to exists in the State of...
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At Long Last, FinCEN Offers Much Awaited Guidance Regarding BSA Due Diligence Requirements for Hemp Businesses
Ever since Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill and hemp was declassified under federal law as a Schedule I controlled substance, financial institutions have struggled with whether and how to bank the hemp industry. Many bankers simply feared that the...
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Federal Banking Agencies Encourage Small-Dollar Lending
No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the federal banking agencies (i.e., the FDIC, CFPB, FRB, NCUA, and OCC) issued a joint statement encouraging banks and credit unions to offer responsible small-dollar loans to consumers...
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